Our Work

The Scarab Trust was set up in 1993 and ran a number of Energy and Waste related projects from its inception until the mid 2000’s. It was revived in 2018 to help reduce single use plastic pollution.


Why Litter?

We looked at the issue of single use plastic from the point of view of plastic entering the ocean from the UK, starting with research produced by Greenpeace that identified the main routes to the sea as:

(i) Our rubbish (mainly litter),

(ii) Products that go down the drain and

(iii) Industrial leakage.

This project:

  1. focuses on (i) Litter, which includes single use plastic and

  2. comprises a two-stage approach:

The principal objective of Stage Two is to

  1. Involve similar sectors to Stage One (National Organisations, Environmental pressure groups,  Local activist and volunteer organisations), but with wider scope, especially to encourage young people to take leading roles.

  2. Improve Communication between all those concerned about litter and

  3. Add focus. to current national activity

​This is the reason for:

The intention is for members of the network to be able to

  • sign up individually to any number of ‘focus groups’ and take part in on-line structured workshop/discussions, consensus building and action planning to help 'Turn off the Tap"

  • add details about themselves and, if applicable, their organisations, to build up case studies / reference material for others to access.

Previous Scarab Trust & Trustee Projects

  • Educational visits to schools around waste and recycling (1993)

  • Research & Development: Renewables Factsheet for CORE Green Forum* (1994); Anaerobic Digestion Factsheet (1995)

  • Renewables Exhibition at the CREATE* Centre Bristol (1996)

  • Energy Watchdog - local community household energy reduction project sponsored by local authority (1997)

  • WWF*/NatWest Small business toolkit - Project developing Waste section of national toolkit with 12 local Bristol businesses (1995-’97)

  • Open Space Workshop for Schumacher Society (1999)

  • South Gloucester Waste Minimisation Project - 14 small businesses to reduce waste costs (1998 – 2000)

  • REWARD Programme - an Environment Agency (EA) led project exploring the environmental impact of Regional Strategies (e.g. Economic, Waste) within the regional policy framework (Sep ‘02 – Nov ’04)


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Scarab: For the Egyptians Khepri, the Scarab God, represented the rising sun and symbolised the renewal of life and the idea of eternal existence; the sun: the source of Earth’s energy; the scarab beetle: one of Nature’s recyclers. For us the scarab beetle can represent a sustainable future through responsible use of resources.


CORE Green Forum: established in the 1990s, as a sub-group of CORE (building industry information and networking) and was an early initiative in the field of sustainable building design and energy conservation.

CPRE: Council for the Protection of Rural England
Create Centre: Environment Centre in Bristol

EA: Environment Agency

Open Space: a form of workshop capable of delivering targeted outputs from a large set of conflicting inputs and perspectives

Sustainable Community: A sustainable community lives in harmony with its local environment and does not cause damage to distant environments or other communities - now or in the future. Quality of life and the interests of future generations are valued above immediate material consumption and economic growth.

WWF: World Wide Fund for Nature


a UK regional sustainable consumption research & reporting programme.